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Journalism Mentoring Sessions kick-off with Journalist Samar Haddadin

عبدالرحمن سرور

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On Thursday February 18th 2016, Journalist Samar Haddadin kicked off  the first journalism mentoring session as part of the Future of our Journalism Project which is implemented by the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) – Legal Aid in Zarqa. The project is funded by the the United States Agency for International Development, as part of the Civic Initiatives Support Program (USAID CIS) implemented by Family Health International (FHI360).

Journalist Samar Haddadin started the session by expressing her passion for journalism. Her choice to study journalism was faced by several objections from her family, but she insisted and eventually was able to study Media and Journalism at the Yarmouk University in Irbid. Haddadin faced a great deal of challenges, however; through determination and perseverance; she was able to overcome all the obstacles she faced, and become one of the most prominent Jordanian journalists covering women rights and human right issues.

To what extend does your family affect your work as a journalist? Do men have influence in the field of women rights? Have you noticed any difference in the status of women rights between now and ten years ago? And did the media presume an effective role in finding solutions to the issues women face? Do journalists find themselves sometimes in situations where they are compelled to make compromises and adhere to pressure? All of these and other questions were raised by participants to which Haddadin responded; adding much value and great insight to the conversation.

Haddadin worked as a journalist in Al Rai newspaper for over 20 years, where she emerged as a notable figure in the field of human rights and women rights. Hosting her in the mentoring sessions enabled the participants to collect firsthand experience from professionals in the field of media and journalism, where they will be able to meet with other people with vast expertise, each in their respective fields.

The Future of our Journalism project is one of the projects implemented by ARDD-Legal Aid targeting youth and aiming to build their capacities to become active individuals able to create positive change in their communities. ARDD – Legal Aid is keen on actively contributing as a civil society organization to a just and stable society, free of inequity and conflict. The organisation endeavors to do so through empowering various groups in society to acquire their rights and freedoms, and to emphasize the need to adhere to human rights and strengthening the rule of law.

For more information about the “Future of our Journalism” project, please click here.

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